Friday, December 15, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

U2 – “You’re The Best Thing About Me” (After touring this year in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, The Joshua Tree, the arena-rock veterans recently released their 14th album, Songs Of Experience, a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence.  Out now on Interscope Records, the new album finds the band both in their lane with their trademark brand of soaring, emotionally-charged rock and in an experimental mood as well, with contributions from Haim and Kendrick Lamar and the addition of glossy synths and hip-hop inspired beats.  The result is a U2 album that sounds of the moment yet retains the nostalgic pull of the previous albums.)    

Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine – “My Best Girl” (Out next week is Tennessee Beach, the debut album from Nashville roots rockers Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine.  Recalling Dr. Dog’s ramshackle Beatles-esque melodies, Johnson incorporates wide-scoping influences such as classic reggae and pop singer Kimbra - whose bandmates Timon Martin and Stevie McQuinn Jr. make guest contributions – alongside blues, folk and psychedelic garage-rock for genre-defiant sound on their very promising debut.)

Neil Young + Promise of the Real – “Already Great” (Backed again by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah and their band, Promise of the Real; Neil Young recently released his 39th album titled, The Visitor, via Reprise Records.  Young is in spirited, politically-charged form and the Nelson boys bring the perfect hybrid of classic rock, dusty folk and guitar-led grunge rock for a very diverse and engaging album.  Additionally, Young has created a new archival website that chronicles his entire music career, allowing you to stream all of his music – in high resolution, of course - and includes previously unreleased songs and videos:


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